Electronic cars need charging stations – and his company wants to connect them all: Jörg Reiman, General Manager, Digital Charging Solutions. In the Zero Hour podcast, he talks about the obstacles that still stand in the way of electric mobility and how we will act in the future.
The number of electric cars on German roads is increasing rapidly. It becomes a part of everyday life. By the beginning of 2021, more than twice the number of cars with pure batteries and hybrids connected to electricity were registered as the previous year – nearly 600,000. But all of these vehicles have to be recharged somewhere; It is one of the biggest hurdles to transition to electric mobility. “We’re seeing massive investment and finally a social shock,” said Jörg Reimann in the “Zero Hour” podcast.
The Digital Shipping Solutions (DCS) manager and his company also anticipate a rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure. DCS was founded in 2017 as part of BMW and Daimler Mobility Services to give electric vehicle buyers access to charging stations. Digitally connect them to customers and connect them to the payment system. Reimann assumes that there will be more charging stations for electronic cars in the future. “The plans are very ambitious,” says Rayman. “Politicians are talking about a million shipping points.”
At gas stations it is becoming more and more natural for electricity to be charged as well. “We will see this more and more real in the coming years, even within a few months,” says Reiman. “Just go to another column and have a similar experience.” However, according to the DCS president, many things will look different – also because, unlike gasoline or diesel, electricity can also be refueled in private rooms.
His company’s goal is to enable access from anywhere “whether you are counting with the employer, at home, or in public places.” To facilitate this, digital payment methods must be used more frequently than before. Reimann assumes that in the future a large portion of the process will run automatically with the vehicle. “The car itself will locate the freight infrastructure, pay for it and suggest the cheapest route by itself.” He believes that changes such as these through a “very steady shift to electric mobility” will “dramatically change our lives in the next five to six years.”
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• How exactly is payment done at charging stations.
• What prompted Rayman to pay attention to electric mobility.
• What is the impact of the epidemic on charging and parking behavior?